Tag Archives: rare birds

Rare birds in Morocco: 23rd report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

The 23rd report (for 2017) of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) is just published. In 2017, the MRBC examined 116 new records of which 111 were accepted. These included the first Moroccan records of the following four species and one genus: Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera), Fea’s /Desertas / Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma feae/deserta/madeira), Steppe Eagle… Read More »

Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrows and Olive-backed Pipit

Some recent rarities were published a couple of days ago, here are some more. Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) Until now, Golden Nightjars have been recorded at Aoussed only from February until May. For example, during a birding trip to Oued Jenna for The Sound Approach in mid-December 2017, Arnoud B. van den Berg and Killian Mullarney… Read More »

Second record of Wahlberg’s Eagle for the Western Palearctic

Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) is an African raptor distributed south of the Sahara (map below). While it’s an intra-African migrant, movements north of the range are very rare. Indeed, the first Western Palearctic record was obtained only on 3 May 2013: a bird photographed by Ahmed Waheed on the west coast of Gulf of Suez,… Read More »

Status of Tawny Eagle in Morocco and vagrancy from sub-Saharan Africa

The former breeding range of Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in Morocco was much larger; however the known breeding areas in the past few decades are/were much more restricted as the species has already disappeared from the majority of the country by the 1980s. Here is a quote from Vernon et al. (2005): “Now almost restricted… Read More »

Rare falcons rescued from poachers in Morocco

About two years ago Karim Rousselon shared with us the story of how a Swedish Peregrine Falcon was rescued from poachers at Casablanca. The same story happened again last November with a Peregrine Falcon from Finland and a Saker Falcon. This account is based on the report by K. Rousselon and his co-authors published today.… Read More »

First record of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) for Morocco

During one of his marine surveys off the Moroccan coast, Andy Williams photographed a Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) flying c. 30 km off Agadir on 23 March 2013. However, he could not get access to the photos from the trip for a long time until last summer (see Andy’s comment below). The ‘WP reports’ (Ławicki &… Read More »